Adult incontinence affects over 200 million people throughout the world, with the large majority of them being women. Symptoms can range from annoying to severe, and the causes for urinary incontinence are quite varied.

Here are some general trends regarding incontinence that are interesting to note.

Up to four fifths of adults suffering from incontinence are women.

Up to one third of adults who are between the ages of thirty and seventy have experienced at least one episode of incontinence, even if only a mild one.

One third of adults who get up at night to go to the bathroom will get up more than once. One eighth of these people confess to losing urine on the way to the toilet.

Two thirds of adults have never discussed bladder health with their doctor, and men are less likely to discuss the problem with anyone, so they are also less likely to be diagnosed than women.

Two thirds of adults experiencing incontinence problems do not use proper incontinence products.

Among the elderly, adult incontinence is the second leading cause of being placed in a care facility.

More than half of nursing home residents and homebound elderly are incontinent

Older adults significantly increase their risk of falls and injury due to their need for frequent or urgent trips to the toilet.

The most common type of incontinence diagnosed in women is stress incontinence.

Pregnancy and childbirth are major contributors to incontinence in women, while an enlarged prostate gland and prostate surgery are the major contributors to incontinence in men.

One fifth of adults suffer from an overactive bladder, which can keep a person from reaching the toilet in time.

Symptoms of adult incontinence often degenerate further with age, though age itself is not the cause of incontinence. General weakening of the muscles that accompanies ageing is more likely the culprit, and oftentimes simple exercises can restore continence.